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MUM vs KOL Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Team Mumbai vs Team Kolkata, Indian T20 League 2021 (MUM vs KOL)

Date: September 23, Thursday, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Match 34 of the Indian T20 League 2021 will see Team Mumbai and Team Kolkata face off at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 23. After losing four of their eight matches, Mumbai are currently fourth on the points table. Their most recent loss came against arch-rivals Chennai two days ago, as they fell 20 runs short of the target of 156.  Kolkata, on the other hand, have won only three of their eight games, but a big nine-wicket win in the previous match against Team Bangalore has improved their net run rate drastically, and they now find themselves sixth on the rankings.

The last time the two teams met was in Chennai earlier this year, when Mumbai won by 10 runs after defending their target of 152. Suryakumar Yadav scored a 36-ball 56, while Rahul Chahar picked up four wickets for 27 runs. For Kolkata, the only significant contribution came from their openers Shubman Gill (33) and Nitish Rana (57), while all the others were dismissed on single-digit scores.

Dinesh Karthik has the most number of runs for a Kolkata player against Mumbai – 338, while Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma is his team’s leading run-getter against Kolkata – 982. In the bowling department, Sunil Narine (22) and Jasprit Bumrah (12) have the most wickets against Mumbai and Kolkata respectively.

Weather update and pitch report for MUM vs KOL

The average first innings total in Indian T20 league matches played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is 160. Spin bowlers enjoyed the maximum assistance in the last game played here between Kolkata and Bangalore and that is likely to be the trend again. Of the last eight games played in Abu Dhabi, seven have been won by the team chasing.

As for the weather update, no rain has been predicted in Abu Dhabi tomorrow and we are likely to enjoy a full 40-over game. The temperature will hover around 33 degrees.

MUM team news and predicted XI

Team news: Skipper Rohit Sharma, who didn’t play the game against Chennai earlier this week, is likely to return for this game. In his absence, Kieron Pollard led the side.

Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

KOL team news and predicted XI

Team news: Venkatesh Iyer debuted in the previous game against Bangalore, and with the impressive performance the opener put up – a 27-ball 41 – he is likely to feature in the XI again.

Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

Head to head record

Mumbai have won 22 of the 28 games played against Kolkata, having a win percentage of 78.57. Between their last five encounters, Kolkata have won just once.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for MUM vs KOL

Varun Chakravarthy – Bowler, Team Kolkata

MPL price – 8.5 credits

The mystery spinner is Kolkata’s highest wicket-taker this season with 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.25 runs. He was particularly impressive in the previous game against Bangalore, picking three wickets for only 13 runs. After being recently named in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup, Chakravarthy will be looking to perform even better in the remaining games and carry that momentum with him in the ICC event.

Andre Russell – All-rounder, Team Kolkata

MPL price – 10.5 credits

Andre Russell didn’t get a chance to bat in the previous game, but he was the showstopper with the ball, sending back three batters in his three overs and conceding only nine runs. His yorker to dismiss Ab de Villiers for a duck was the talking point of the game. Little needs to be said about his batting; Russell has a strike rate of almost 180 in his Indian T20 League career and on his day can change the course of the game. A must-have player in your MPL XI, Russell is also a good choice for the fantasy team’s vice-captaincy.

Rohit Sharma – Batter, Team Mumbai

MPL price – 10 credits

Rohit Sharma loves batting against Kolkata, and his numbers are proof of the same. He has 982 runs at a strike rate of 133.06 against the two-time champions, and some of his best knocks in the tournament have also come against them. After missing the first game of the second leg, Rohit will be looking to kickstart the tournament in style against his favourite opponents. Notably, he is also the fourth-highest run-scorer in Indian T20 league history.

Quinton de Kock – Wicket-keeper batter, Team Mumbai

MPL price – 9.5 credits

From the wicket keepers’ slot, Quinton de Kock is the best option for your fantasy game, and as per our expert Deep Dasgupta, the South African is also a good choice for your team’s captaincy. After failing to convert his start into big innings in the previous game, the fearless striker will be looking to make amends against Team Kolkata. De Kock is coming into the tournament after hitting two back to back fifties against Sri Lanka in a T20I series earlier this month, which will further boost his confidence.

Jasprit Bumrah – Bowler, Team Mumbai

MPL price – 9 credits

The fast bowler is Mumbai’s highest wicket-taker against Kolkata and will be looking to add a few more wickets to his tally. Bumrah picked up two wickets in the previous game against Chennai and will once again spearhead Mumbai’s bowling attack. In all, he has 117 wickets in 100 games at an economy of 7.40. 

MPL Fantasy XI for MUM vs KOL

MUM vs KOL – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Star Sports will broadcast Indian T20 League on the television, while live streaming of the game will be available on Disney + Hotstar for users with a subscription. The match will start at 7.30 PM IST. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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